An annulment is a declaration by a Church tribunal (a Catholic church court) that a marriage thought to be valid according to Church law actually fell short of at least one of the essential elements required for a binding union. These Annulment FAQs explain who needs an annulment, the process, and its effects. "Annulment" is an unfortunate word that is sometimes used to refer to a Catholic "declaration of nullity." Actually, nothing is made null through the process.Rather, a Church tribunal (a Catholic Church court) declares that a marriage thought to be valid according to Church law actually fell short of at least one of the essential elements required for a binding union.Why does the Church require a divorced Catholic to obtain a declaration of nullity before marrying in the Church?
Just to flesh out something Jimmy said above: even if you are 100% certain your marriage is invalid, GET AN ANNULMENT.
In Texas, marriages end through death, divorce or annulment.
In Texas, annulment is also referred to as declaring a marriage "void." This article explains what an annulment is, the process of getting an annulment in Texas, and what the effects of an annulment are.
For a Catholic marriage to be valid, it is required that: (1) the spouses are free to marry; (2) they are capable of giving their consent to marry; (3) they freely exchange their consent; (4) in consenting to marry, they have the intention to marry for life, to be faithful to one another and be open to children; (5) they intend the good of each other; and (6) their consent is given in the presence of two witnesses and before a properly authorized Church minister.
Exceptions to the last requirement must be approved by Church authority.